Heatherbelle's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 41, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I found a lump in my right breast when I was 34...a mammogram, ultrasound, and core needle biopsy later and my doctor told me that it was cancer.

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  2. 2
    almost 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I had IDC in my right breast. ER-, PR+. My Dr. told me regardless of the surgery type I had, they would recommend chemotherapy afterwards because of my age. I was given the option of a lumpectomy followed by chemo + radiation, a mastectomy and chemotherapy, or a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. I consulted an oncologist as well as a plastic surgeon before making the decision to have both of my breasts removed followed by reconstruction with silicone implants.

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  3. 3
    almost 6 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was NOT as painful as I had anticipated. I had made peace with my body in the days before my surgery, so I was surprisingly NOT as upset as I thought I would be. Plain and simple, I just wanted the cancer OUT of me. 2 night hospital stay, the hardest part of my recovery was not being able to pick up my 2 yr old daughter for weeks.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    almost 6 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the radioactive dye injected before i went in for my mastectomy. Although it lasted only a few seconds, the pain from the injection was unbelievable. It stung like hot acid. But, you do what you have to do...and the good news was that my nodes were all negative for cancer!!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    almost 6 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Quick surgery, I was under anesthesia for it, area was pretty sore for a few days afterward but pretty simple little procedure. I did not like the way it felt under my skin, or how it looked. But, it was saving my veins from the chemo, and i had seen nurses struggle to get a good vein in some of the other chemo patients, so I'm glad I had my port put in.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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